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Bleach and bleach and bleach and bleach!!!!! also i notice more of a smell in washers when people only use liquid detergent and too much of it.
Tip: leave door open after every wash
clean with bleach and hot water regularly once a month
with no clothes on a normal cycle
alternate liquid detergent and powder (yes powder comes HE)
only use HE detergent
try these things and you will find your washer smelling like new again. but tthe trick is BLEACH and a lot of it. once you get a smell it takes a long time to get rid of it.
good luck and let me know if this helps

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Whirlpool Duet was purchased December 2009 and lately has a strong odor. Does this front loader have a filter we can clean? Please advise how to get rid of this ongoing odor.


There is no filter but you might want to remove the bottom front cover and clean out the sump filter(a large white thumb screw attached to pump) turn to the left. After cleaning this out get a product called Affresh available at grocery and other stores. Put your unit on a clean cycle. If you can't find affresh try a cup of bleach and run that through a clean cycle. Another tip leave your door open when not in use

Feb 26, 2011 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Front Loader Mildew & Odor


This advice is for preventing or getting rid off that awful mildew smell associated with front loader style washing machines.

The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a “Clean Cycle” available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.

on Apr 14, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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I'm finding mold on the inside ring of my washer, and i'm not sure how to get rid of it or prevent it.


If you are referring to a Whirlpool Duet series front loader, the following link can give you some guidance on how to prevent mold, mildew and odors associated with these style washers:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

If you are not referring to a front loader, please post back with a complete MODEL NUMBER. I hope you find this information helpful.

NOTE: Because of the mold and mildew problems associated with these washers, the manufacturer now includes many of these recommendations in the owner's manual.

Aug 13, 2010 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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Musty odor


The following link can provide you with some good info on how to control and prevent mildew and odors in a front loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

Several factors that DO matter when it comes to the proper care of a front loading washing machine:

1. Leaving the door open when not in use.

2. Checking the bellow after every wash for lost articles of clothing.

3. Checking the drain pump reservoir periodically for build up of debris.

4. Use of the proper detergent (HE only).


I personally own one of these washers and have never had a mold or mildew problem in the 9 years I've owned it by following this regiment.

Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you.

Feb 22, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Why does it makes my clothes stink like mildew?


The odor is caused by bacteria in the draining path. Run an empty clothes load with lemon bleach to get rid of the smell.

Jan 09, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Stale odor within tub


Front loaders are known for building up mold and the smell.
It’s caused by using liquid detergent which is made from animal fat. Use powder. And use the minimum amount.
It’s caused by using fabric softener. Dilute it 50/50 with water.
It’s caused by the water remaining in the tub between washes. Leave the door open to allow it to dry. .
Pull the rubber door seal back and clean the mold off .
Affresh is recommended by some manufacturers. You run it through a wash cycle with it.

Dec 21, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Hi--I love my Whirlpool Duet washer, but how do I clean the door gasket and get rid of the mildew and mildew odor?


The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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Sep 28, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Washing machine odor


www.affresh.com this product has been devoeloped to lessen front loader odors. you NEED to be using an HE detergent. low sudsing ans specifically design for use with front loading washers.

Oct 28, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Clothes have a mildew smell


Hello billpmm,

You are not alone with this problem. Seems that that everyone of the front loader washers exhibit similar characteristics .. the short story is that in order for a washing machine to be a front loader, they need to be water tight .. being water tight, they are also air tight and herein lies the problem.. any water left over from a wash cycle will sit in gaskets , nooks and crannies and eventually develop mold or mildew.. here is a link to product you may find that solves your problem
http://www.smellywasher.com/

or.. you can use the AFRESH tablets sold in Home Depot and other home improvement stores.. in either case.. these products will help rid that musty mold out of your washer..

Sep 23, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Sour smell coming from inside whirlpool duet front loader


At the risk of being rude... it's not your washer that is causing the problem it's your washing habits. Jeff is "right on the money" when he stated water temperature is important. It's fine to use mainly cold water but it makes preventive maintenance very important. A hot soak or wash as your last cycle on was day will help dissolve and flush out residue. Just as important is the amount of detergent used and use of fabric softener. To remove odor from your washer and laundry the "splash area" just above the normal waterline must be cleaned. This is invariably the area of heaviest buildup of odor-causing residue. To clean the splash area add 1 or 2 caps of smelly washer cleaner to a full load of laundry and wash in a hot setting. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the splash area. Intermittently pause to soak for more extreme cases.

Aug 18, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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